Ireland’s inland waterways are important parts of our transport and industrial heritage. They hold aesthetic, recreational and spiritual values, as well as important habitats for many forms of wildlife.
The Heritage Act, 1995 [pdf 96kb] defines ‘inland waterways’ as canals, canalised sections of rivers and lakes, navigation channels in rivers and lakes, and their associated navigational features. Ireland’s inland waterways are integral parts of the communities on their banks and the activities which take place along them. The Heritage Council aims to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of inland waterways as part of our living heritage, both for this generation and for those to come.
Climate Change Review The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland commissioned this review to better inform policy, research and grant support. The main findings of the review is that the heritage of Ireland's coast is at particular risk, and that this will impact on tourism-related activities.